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Object Name: Epaulets with storage box
Date: ca. 1870
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Medium: Metal, textile, paint
Dimensions: Each (epaulet): 4 1/4 x 8 x 5 3/4 in. (10.8 x 20.3 x 14.6 cm) Container: 5 1/2 × 10 × 7 1/2 in. (14 × 25.4 × 19.1 cm)
Description: Pair of captain's epaulets; rigid, gold lace-covered strap with two silver embroidered bars and a gilded metal button embossed with shield-breasted eagle; gilded brass crescent surrounding domed circular patch with gold embroidered border and "15" embroidered in gold on blue wool ground; three layers of gold bullion fringe, the outermost measuring approximately 3 3/8 inches in length and 3/8 inch in diameter; padded red velvet lining and brass strap fastener; in black painted oval metal storage box with hinged lid with flat top and oval wire handle; box has oval interior compartment, also with hinged lid, containing miscellaneous military insignia (Z.2971a-j).
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Joseph Keppler
Object Number: 1956.168c-e
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Marks: stamped: on fasteners: "LEFT" and "RIGHT" embroidered: on circular patch: "15" scratched: on top of case: "Capt F. F. Miller"

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According to the accession records, these epaulets were worn by Francis Frost Miller (1847-1892), who served in the 5th [15th?] Regiment, National Guard New York.